John Roach  

Upper Bond Falls by John Roach

February 2021 - Upper Bond Falls

About the Image(s)

I captured this image in 2014 while in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan and Wisconsin, Northwoods with a Nikon D800, 24-85mm at 42mm lens, ISO 100, 0.4 second, f/25, Aperture Priority, Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex. This is one of my favorite trips for fall color. Nonetheless, the lighting was so conducive to black and white that it was a delight then to make this monochrome conversion with all the rich luminous and wonderful black to white tones that even with the soft choice for the water flow, there is a power in it. The light was harsh but using a polarizer and variable neutral density filter stacked help to control the light, I think.

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7 comments posted

Don York   Don York
A great capture of these water falls. You selected just the right shutter speed to get the soft water in foreground and the more dynamic falls in background.   Posted: 02/04/2021 08:56:28

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
I like the wide tonal range in this image. The soft flow of water over the near falls is pleasing to me. I think the foreground falls would make an interesting subject by themselves.   Posted: 02/06/2021 10:58:58

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Very nice. Often I think "milky water" is overdone and false looking, but the balance is just right here for me.
I horizontally flipped a copy of this and found myself prefering it slightly. Flow from left to right usually gets my "peaceful" vote.   Posted: 02/09/2021 17:04:01

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I really like the look of the water. The water coming over the lip of the falls with a lot of detail and some detail retained everywhere. Shutter speed seems right on to me. Good range of tones. A lot of dark tones, but that just sets off the water very well.   Posted: 02/10/2021 00:08:23

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I think this is excellent overall - technical skills and good judgment are demonstrated throughout! A fine composition.   Posted: 02/16/2021 11:19:00

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
This is beautiful, John! Perfect settings to get the silkiness yet power of the water. I can almost hear its sound. The water-smoothed dark ledge on the right is a foil for the silk and foam.   Posted: 02/25/2021 13:47:22

John Roach   John Roach
Thank you, everyone, for the feedback.   Posted: 02/25/2021 17:51:24